Match Report
Bloxham School 3rd XV vs  Radley College Boys-U18F
On: Saturday, 13 Nov 2021
Venue: Away

Bloxham came out on top in an entertaining game at Radley, running in seven tries in total. John Adams opened the scoring, powering over the after taking the ball at first receiver from the ruck, with Callum Ardron making it 14-0 when a gap opened in front of him in the back line. John Adams scored a further try, however Radley hit back and by half time Radley had fought their way back into the match at 21-12. Bloxham started the second half well however, and an impressive 50 metre hattrick try by John Adams five minutes into the second half gave Bloxham a 16 point cushion, with Callum Ardron once more putting over the conversion. Oliver Lester capped off a strong performance with a powerful run and try from the Radley 22’, moving the score to 33-12. Radley however did not lie down, and hit back with two unconverted tries of their own, making the score 33-22 with 10 minutes to go. Bloxham’s responded incredibly well to this, and put in a strong last 10 minutes to secure victory. Strong defence pushed Radley back and resulted in a turnover, with the ball then shipped out to Sam Kentigern Fox, who went over in the corner. Bloxham’s final try was scored by Sam Brind, who capped a strong performance by finishing off a good attacking move in what proved to be the last play of the game.

This was a pleasing Bloxham performance which was built upon doing the basics well. Sam Brind, Freddie Barnes, Teddy Westaway Christopher and Oliver Lester all made a series of strong carries, and Henry White, George Miley,Ed Baker and Charlie Linnell were all strong at the breakdown area, where they successfully secured a number of turnovers. Oliver Lester put in a number of strong tackles, with Fergus Durham also making a number of tackles when moved to flanker in the second half. Both Tom Pringle and Jamie Levene at scrum half ensured a good supply of ball to the backs, with Josh Ardron and Will Howells all impressing with ball in hand, and it was great to see the ball get down the line on a number of occasions, with both Ryden Dann and Harry Wood making a number of good runs on the wing.

Hopefully the team will be able to carry this level of intensity and focus into the second half of the season, where there are some strong teams on the fixture list.